Saturday, May 27, 2017

Injured Firefighter James Moya Returning Home

The Shamrock community is coming together to celebrate the return of injured volunteer firefighter James Moya.

"It's been a complete roller coaster ride. March 23rd, in the blink of an eye, our lives changed," said James' wife Alisha.

Moya was at a loss for words when we asked him about a day he'll never forget.

"It was pretty crazy... it was wild," said Moya.

He was trapped inside his motor grader while working a fire in Wheeler County. After suffering burns to 30 percent of his body, he spent 60 days in the Lubbock Burn Unit. Recently, the Shamrock community welcomed him home. Moya's fellow firefighters say when they found out he was injured, it was rough on all of them.

"It was scary to think that one of your own is getting hurt," said firefighter Paul Franks. "I don't want to say you're in a panic mode, but you're real concerned for your friend and your brother."

Fire Chief Randy Tallant said there are two moments that day he'll never forget.

"One is when he finally got his radio to work. He got on the radio and said 'I'm burned, I need medevac and I think I'm going into shock,'" said Tallant. "We looked, and looked, and looked and we were just frantic trying to find out where he was at."

Chief Tallant also said he'll never forget loading Moya into the ambulance.


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